Back in the 90’s, I wrote a short story, Planet Heaven, about an 8-year-old boy named Benjamin who loses his parents, both police officers, in a fatal shooting incident with bank robbers. The boy, severely traumatized, begins to question why the world isn’t perfect, with no bad people or death.
While asleep one night he has a dream where he meets an alien named Positive 224 from a planet called Posilute. He is taken to the planet where life is perfect. He can eat desserts and pizza all day long and never be sick or gain weight. He can play baseball and always win the game. No one dies or ever gets sick, for existence on the planet is sheer perfection. The Posilutians are exquisite looking aliens and love for their mate lasts for all eternity.
So imagine for a moment if planet Earth was the same. If it were, then earthlings and their relationships with their spouse or partner would be nothing but perfect too. No divorces with family breakups or ever losing a loved one and experiencing heartbreak and or guilt. We’d get to love and cherish our mates for all eternity too.
Wow! It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? Talk about a perfect love! Not to mention eating whatever you want and never gaining weight! I think it’s time we earthlings starting thinking about exploring other galaxies! Well, for now, let’s get back to the story and the ending.
For a while, Benjamin was enjoying himself and this new positive life he was living. He was the happiest little boy and nothing could ever change that on this virtuous eternal planet.
On one particular day, while playing in a recreational park, Benjamin was observing a Posilutian artist paint a landscape filled with assorted colorful blooming flowers. He was in awe of how beautiful the flowers appeared on the canvas. They were so vivid, so real, it looked as if they were about to pop right out of the painting.
As he continued to gaze at the painting he suddenly lost sight of why it was so beautiful. Surprisingly, he could no longer comprehend whether it was exquisite or dreadful. He was losing his human perception between positive and negative judgment. What was happening was that Benjamin was turning into a Posilutian. Once he became a full Posilutian his thoughts would only comprehend everything as positive.
This frightened the little boy. He ran out of the park and down the street heading for Positive 224’s house, shouting as he ran, “I have to go home. I have to go home.” Suddenly, Benjamin woke up as he shouted out, “I have to go home!” and sat up in his bed. He quickly scrutinized his surroundings only to see that he was home in his room in bed. He soon realized it was just a bad dream and went back to sleep.
Why was Benjamin so scared of thinking only positive for all eternity? What was so terrible about not being able to perceive the difference between what is positive and what is negative? Just accepting all things as positive?
Well, let’s take a look at that. If our planet had been designed the same as Posilute we would have existed without any perception of life at all. No rhyme or reason to places, time, objects, feelings or our true being. We would just be.
But life on our planet is about perception. We can comprehend and choose either a healthy relationship or a toxic one. We can experience being with a bad partner and then choose to find a better partner.
We can experience all that’s negative about relationships such as heartbreak, loss, guilt and unhappiness as well as the positives in our relationships such as joy, happiness, fulfillment and true love.
We can comprehend all the reasons why our relationships aren’t perfect, but we can love each other none the less and with the feeling, it is for all eternity. We can also choose to seek qualified help and support, if need be, to keep our relationships together.
Our world is the planet that Benjamin really wanted to live in where humans exist and can understanding the difference. We know the difference because we accept that all things have opposites.
Benjamin fully understood that if he could lose playing the game of baseball that it makes it a phenomenal challenge to win. That when he got sick, he’d feel great when he got better. That not living forever makes us want to grow up living a fuller and rewarding life.
But most of all, what he needed to comprehend was that his parents dedicated and sacrificed their lives, as police officers, to help make the world a safer place for all of us.
Though, once again, I personally would love being able to eat whatever I wanted all day long and never get sick or gain weight. Just think, what woman would need Spanx! It is to dream, or at least, fantasize in a story. The truth is that 8-year-old boy knew and understood that our earth is our Planet Heaven.